According to Oriental medicine, the lungs are one of the Yin organs and govern respiration and the Qi (air), with pure Qi being inhaled and unclean Qi being exhaled. One of the lungs’ function is to descend and diffuse the Qi (air), as well as the body fluids along with the defensive Qi. Lungs open to the nose and control the skin.
Lungs are the first organ affected by exterior pathogens like wind, cold, dampness and heat. When the lungs are attacked, the symptoms can include a weak voice, shortness of breath, pallor, sadness, eczema, allergic asthma, phlegm, runny nose and sneezing. Diet plays a very important role in lung function. The excess consumption of cold and raw food can form internal dampness and phlegm. According to Chinese medicine, phlegm is a product of spleen function and is stored in the lungs; therefore, when a person has asthma, it is contraindicated to consume cold or raw foods. On the same token, neither is it recommended to eat too much spicy, greasy or dairy foods, especially cow milk, as this causes phlegm storage in the lungs.
The large intestine, as part of the Yang organs, is related to the lungs. Its function is to control the passage of food and waste from the small intestine as well as the absorption of fluids and discharge of waste. Just like the lungs, the large intestine can also be damaged by the cold, dampness and heat. For example, when exposed to excessive cold for long periods of time, the large intestine may experience diarrhea and abdominal pain. The organ can also be affected by anger and worry, which stagnate the Qi of the large intestine, causing abdominal distention, cramps, pain and constipation with minimal stool alternating with diarrhea.
Proper diet is crucial for the correct functioning of the large intestine. Constant excessive consumption of raw or cold foods, as well as those that are spicy, greasy or made from cow’s milk, can give rise to dampness and phlegm in the large intestine, causing diarrhea with mucus and blood accompanied by a burning sensation and offensive odor.
The lungs and large intestine have an important relationship, meaning that any injury to the large intestine can cause the lungs to overload with phlegm causing reactions such as allergies, asthma or rhinitis.
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by Consuelo Camarillo de Gonzalez Lic. A.C.